Your lawyer's area of expertise and prior experience are important. Some states have specialization programs. These programs provide some form of certification for lawyers in those states. A lawyer certified to practice in a specific area of law has shown specific qualifications in that field. In states without certification programs, you may want to ask whether your attorney practices or specializes in medical malpractice. You may also wish to ask about the types of cases your lawyer has handled, and also consider the amount of fees charged and the length of time a case may take. You should feel comfortable with the attorney you select, so don't be afraid to ask questions.